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OBJECT DESIGN AND SUNSOFT SIGN DEVELOPMENT AND LICENSING AGREEMENT; OBJECT DESIGN TECHNOLOGY TO BE INCORPORATED INTO SUNSOFT'S PROJECT DOE

OBJECT DESIGN AND SUNSOFT SIGN DEVELOPMENT AND LICENSING AGREEMENT; OBJECT
 DESIGN TECHNOLOGY TO BE INCORPORATED INTO SUNSOFT'S PROJECT DOE
 BURLINGTON, Mass., Oct. 1, /PRNewswire/ -- Object Design, Inc. and SunSoft, Inc. today announced a multi-year agreement to incorporate object storage technology as part of Project DOE (Distributed Objects Everywhere), SunSoft's object-oriented software environment being built in compliance with the Object Management Group's Common Object Request Broker (CORBA) standard for distributed computing. The accord highlights the expansion of distributed object environments from workgroup to enterprise-wide applications.
 Under the terms of the agreement, Object Design will develop a Persistent Storage Manager Engine (PSME) and license it for SunSoft. This technology will provide a limited subset of the functionality found in Object Design's existing ObjectStore(tm) object database. The PSME software will provide capabilities analogous to an object-oriented file system, and supply the basic object storage capability for applications using SunSoft's Project DOE. SunSoft will provide an open interface to the PSME, allowing customers to easily upgrade to a full-featured object-oriented database, when required.
 The agreement allows SunSoft to license the PSME technology to Hewlett-Packard for use as part of that company's Distributed Object Management Facility (DOMF). Object Design will retain the rights to license the PSME technology to other companies.
 Object Design and SunSoft have been working together since the CORBA specification was completed in late 1991. This is the first formal agreement to stem from this long relationship.
 "Object storage is a key technology to allow customers to recognize the benefits of SunSoft's overall object-oriented software environment," said Steve MacKay, SunSoft's vice president of user environment software. "We partnered with Object Design because they combine leadership in object database technology with an active role in defining industry-wide standards. Integrating our technologies provides the best solution available for developing distributed applications."
 "SunSoft is not only the marketshare leader in distributed system software, but also has been a driving force in developing the market for object-oriented software products, and standards such as the OMG CORBA specification," said Ken Marshall, president and CEO of Object Design. "Project DOE promises to make the advantages of object technology available not only in workgroups but to users throughout an enterprise."
 "HP endorses the SunSoft approach of publishing the PSME interface, and will encourage other vendors to adopt and support this interface to allow for additional implementations of this technology," stated Michael Mathews, project manager, distributed application architecture, Hewlett Packard. SunSoft's Project DOE -- Distributed Objects Everywhere
 SunSoft is a leader in developing object-oriented software products that adhere to industry standards. Project DOE is a vision for a new computing paradigm where modular applications are created out of distributed objects that can interoperate across multiple platforms. SunSoft was instrumental in defining the OMG standard for distributed objects, which has been endorsed by 300 major computer vendors and consortia in the United States and Europe.
 The emergence of object orientation as the dominant development paradigm for the 1990s has created a need to store and distribute objects. This new market requires a continuum of object storage capabilities from embedded technology at the operating system level to complete object database management systems. SunSoft and Object Design are responding to this requirement by providing basic object storage as part of Project DOE, object distribution via CORBA, and an interface to full function object-oriented databases. Object Storage -- A Continuum of Products
 Relational database systems are defined as traditional applications software that execute in conjunction with an operating system. While object-oriented databases are also applications software, the performance of this new technology has opened a new range of possibilities for database products.
 "As operating systems like SunSoft's Solaris(R) evolve in the 1990s, they are being designed to distribute and store objects," said William Blundon, Object Design's vice president of marketing. "By developing object storage capabilities for operating systems, like Solaris, we will help establish a large installed base of users developing object- oriented applications. Our ObjectStore products will provide a simple, cost-effective upgrade path for users that need the functionality of a complete object database." About Object Design
 Object Design, Inc. is the revenue, market-share and installed-base leader in the object-oriented database management systems (ODBMS) market worldwide. The company's principal product -- ObjectStore -- is a complete distributed database for UNIX(R), Windows(R), and other popular operating systems. ObjectStore is designed to store, distribute and manage ALL forms of data and is complete with a database engine, professional development tools and a visual programming environment. The company also offers comprehensive training and consulting services. Headquartered in Burlington, Mass., Object Design maintains regional offices in Chicago; Los Angeles; San Mateo, Calif.; Sydney, Australia; and Tokyo. About SunSoft
 SunSoft, headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., is the system software subsidiary of Sun Microsystems, Inc. The company has offices in North America, Europe and Asia and is a leading supplier for 32-bit software solutions. The products are licensed by SunSoft and distributed through major computer manufacturers and resellers worldwide.
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 CONTACT: William Blundon of Object Design, 617-270-9797, Laura Ramsey of SunSoft, Inc., 415-336-0739, or Malinda Banash or Paul Davis of Cunningham Communication, Inc., 617-494-8202 CO: OBJECT DESIGN, INC.; SUNSOFT, INC. IN: CPR SU: CON ST: MA,CA -- NE001 -- X930 10/01/92
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